The Rundown

September 26th, 2003

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The Rundown

Director PETER BERG with CHRISTOPHER WALKEN on the set of the action-adventure The Rundown.Still of Seann William Scott and Dwayne Johnson in The RundownStill of Dwayne Johnson in The RundownPeter Berg, Seann William Scott and Dwayne Johnson in The RundownStill of Seann William Scott and Dwayne Johnson in The RundownPeter Berg and Dwayne Johnson in The Rundown

A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.6/10 (43,121 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Peter Berg

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken

The Rock as a bounty hunter who attempts to square a debt by heading to the Amazon jungle to capture someone. The bounty hunter discovers that his quarry isn't the bad guy he'd been warned about, and the two team up in pursuit of riches stored in a mine in the Amazon.

Writers: R.J. Stewart, R.J. Stewart

Dwayne Johnson - Beck (as The Rock)
Seann William Scott - Travis
Rosario Dawson - Mariana
Christopher Walken - Hatcher
Ewen Bremner - Declan
Jon Gries - Harvey
William Lucking - Walker
Ernie Reyes Jr. - Manito
Stuart F. Wilson - Swenson
Dennis Keiffer - Naylor
Garrett Warren - Henshaw
Toby Holguin - Head Indian Tracker
Paul S. Power - Martin (as Paul Power)
Stephen Bishop - Knappmiller
Chuck Norman - Mullaire

Taglines: Bulls, guns, whips, gold and one sacred cat


Official Website: Universal |

Release Date: 26 September 2003

Filming Locations: Brazil

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $18,533,765 (USA) (28 September 2003) (3152 Screens)

Gross: $47,592,825 (USA) (30 November 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

At the end of the film, Jon Gries' character is wearing a scorpion necklace. It's is the same one that Memnon wears in The Scorpion King.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Travis goes to the washroom in the jungle he never zips himself back up!

[first lines]
Emeril Lagasse (on radio): I just love mushrooms. One of my favorites, or as I call it, "the king of mushrooms," is the porcini. Now stop right there. Don't be alarmed. There's a lot of confusion in this country between porcini, the Italian name, and cèpes, which is the French name. They're fat and they're earthy. Now the porcini is most often seen dried here in this country. And they would always be labeled "dried porcinis," not "dried cèpes." OK? They are very, very, very flavorful.

User Review

Surprisingly Good

Rating: 8/10

And very funny.

I can honestly say I seriously doubted I would like this film and I only went to see it because it was on and I was there. I'd never seen a movie with The Rock before or even watched any wrestling so I was kind of dubious as to whether or not he would be any good.

In fact he was a great actor, full of personality and charisma, willing to make fun of himself and was great with the action. The Rock is definitely the next Arnie. Vin (Donald Duck) Diesel is the next Jean Claude Van Damme.

Seann William Scott was also pretty funny in a rare NOT Stifler performance. As an actor he does have genuine talent that's usually wasted in low-brow teen sex comedies.

The Rundown is a sort of Indiana Jones-lite movie. The Rock plays a bounty hunter/chef who is sent to track down Seann William Scott south of the border. Against his will The Rock ends up on a trek through the depths of the Mexican jungle looking for some ancient artefact. Unoriginal it may be but director Peter Berg keeps it moving with plenty of stunts, action and laughs. Christopher Walken's villain is a bit of a cardboard cut-out but how evil are you allowed to be in a PG-13?

I look forward to the next movie starring The Rock. With talks of a third Conan movie I can only imagine him being the best choice. And keep a lookout for Arnie in the nightclub at the very beginning. 'Have fun' is his only line. And fun The Rock will certainly have as the next BIG action hero.

Keep a lookout for Scottish actor Ewan Bremner (a zillion times the 'star' Ewan MacGregor is) in a funny role as a slob pilot.

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